NJ Officials Battle Storm Reconstruction Block Grant Rumors
If you're anxious about the federal Community Development Block Grants that can help you rebuild your Superstorm-damaged property, the word from New Jersey officials is: calm down. You have until the end of June to apply.
Rumors of a first-come-first-served setup for the grants through the Department of Housing and Urban Development have had phones ringing off the hook at call centers and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
The first round of Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) and Homeowner Resettlement grants will spread $600,000,000 among qualified owners of primary homes with annual incomes that don't exceed $250,000, who meet the damage standards.
“I want to be crystal clear on this, these grants and loans are absolutely NOT first come – first serve," says Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-13) in a prepared statement.
"There are a number of criteria considered when determining eligibility: extent and amount of damage, geographic location, areas most affected, and income."
The deadline for applications is June 30. Regional help centers aren't even open yet. That is scheduled to be in place by June 8. Applications are available on line here and at 1-855-SANDYHM.
Hear an interview with Assemblyman O'Scanlon here: